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UPCOMING OCHBS SPEAKERS

Ariane Kirkpatrick
CEO, Harvest of Ohio

Ariane is the CEO of Harvest Grows, Harvest of Ohio, and Harvest Processing, companies with provisional large-scale medical, cannabis cultivation, dispensary, and processing licenses, for operations in Ironton, suburban Dayton, Columbus, and Athens, Ohio. Her plan is to create economic development opportunities that come with marijuana and its ability to change lives, transform economies and provide jobs for people who desperately need work.

Ariane loves the city of Cleveland and she’s been recognized by several organizations as a result of her efforts to play a role in improving programs, including diversity and inclusion efforts in various industries. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University and is also an alumni of Cuyahoga Community College. But her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two sons, Ali and Kristopher. She is the proud wife of Danny Couch, and stepmother of Camille and Jazmine.

While the journey is far from complete, Ariane focuses on keeping things in perspective. She’s learned that a sense of humor helps, whether she’s focusing on commercial construction: a complex world of critical schedules, firm budgets, dozens of disciplines and countless personalities; or volunteering in the community; or exploring a new industry. Ariane is adept at working with people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds. So far, she’s learned that business development boils down to passion and persistence.

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Christine DeJesus
Director of Cultivation, Galenas

Christine has been directing cultivation for over three years at Galenas—an organic, three-tiered, living soil cannabis grow—in Akron, Ohio. Prior, she spent 13 years running Pint Size Farm for Great Lakes Brewing Company in the CVNP producing hops and over thirty types of fruit and vegetables. Christine is a columnist for Cannabis Business Times magazine, and her work has been featured in the Akron Beacon Journal, the Plain Dealer, and she has been the guest on multiple podcasts. Her regenerative farming work has been featured in the documentary “Polycultures: Food Where We Live,” and at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Christine created the current horticulture curriculum for the Cleveland School of Cannabis.

Tahir Johnson
Tahir Johnson
Director of Social Equity and Inclusion, U.S. Cannabis Council

Tahir Johnson is the Director of Social Equity and Inclusion for the United States Cannabis Council. In this role, Tahir advances the nonprofit’s mission of achieving social justice for those impacted by cannabis prohibition. With a focus on licensing equity, he develops educational resources for industry stakeholders and heads an accountability task force to support members’ equity program goals.

Prior to joining the USCC, he was the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager at the National Cannabis Industry Association. Tahir also has extensive hands-on industry experience in the retail sector as a medical cannabis patient counselor and has applied for business licenses in both Maryland and New Jersey. Before he pursued his passion for supporting the cannabis community, he worked as a financial advisor and served on the diversity council of Morgan Stanley.

Tahir attended Howard University, where he majored in Marketing. He also holds a Marijuana Master Certificate from the Cannabis Training University and a certification in Indoor Horticulture from Oaksterdam University. Outside of work, he produces and hosts the podcast Cannabis Diversity Report.

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Andy Rayburn
CEO, Buckeye Relief

Andrew K. Rayburn is the CEO and Co-Founder of Buckeye Relief, a level 1 medical marijuana cultivator and processor in Eastlake, OH, that also owns Amplify dispensary in Cleveland Heights.  Before founding Buckeye Relief, Rayburn was principal and founder of Big Game Capital, a private investment firm that provided financial capital and operational, hands-on leadership with equity interests in the 2016 NBA Championship franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers, two minor league baseball teams, and the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival. Previously, Mr. Rayburn was president and owner of Flexalloy Inc., an industrial distribution company, which he sold to start Big Game Capital. An active philanthropist, Rayburn founded The Human Fund, a non-profit that supports arts education programs for Cleveland youth, providing a commitment to funding the CMSD All-City Arts and Music Program and Festival annually.

Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene
VP, Cleveland School of Cannabis

Kevin Greene is a father, mentor, compassionate community member, and successful entrepreneur. He has been focused on the equitable development of community and business his entire professional career and continues to commit to having a social impact through economic growth and the advancement of his communities. With ownership of two successful startups-Faces International Marketing and Development and the Cleveland School of Cannabis- he has years of experience developing successful teams. As a VP for the Cleveland School of Cannabis, his role has been crucial in the growth of the student body, partnership development, and community engagement. Working as a lead strategist over the last decade with clients ranging from city governments to small non-profits, he has been tasked with creating a culture of inclusion and participation to assist in Economic development and comprehensive initiatives.

Dr. Bridget
Dr. Bridget Williams M.D.
CEO, Green Harvest Health

Dr. Bridget Williams is an established board-certified family physician, best-selling author, and the CEO of Green Harvest Health, medical cannabis and integrative clinic located in Ohio. With nearly 20 years of experience in family medicine from The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Bridget combines her medical background with certifications in life and cannabis coaching in her practice. She provides valuable “medical motivational talks” on medical cannabis, CBD, life balance, and confidence. In 2019, Dr. Bridget branched out into developing her own line of CBD products and CBD product development for developing businesses. When not seeing patients, Dr. Bridget hosts podcast shows, creates educational videos for the Cannabis Hub, and holds an advisory and curriculum development position with the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Dr. Williams is the founder of the nonprofit GHH Community Foundation, and nonprofit “The Cannabis Can Project”.  Dr. Williams is honored to be Top Female Business and Top Minority Business with the Ohio MBE Awards 2021, Women in Medicine Top Doctor for 2021, and The Top 100 Entrepreneurs of 2022

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Nikki Lawley
Founder, Nikki and the Plant

Nikki Lawley is a cannabis patient advocate, speaker, and founder of Nikki and the Plant. She discovered medical cannabis after experiencing a life-changing brain injury while working as a pediatric nurse in October 2016.

Nikki is a leading voice in the community, chronicling her journey from a healthcare provider, to a patient, to an advocate. She hopes to bring worldwide awareness to invisible illness, disability, and how cannabis can help improve quality of life. She has been a guest on multiple podcasts and shows, including “Let’s Be Blunt with Montel Williams.” Find Nikki’s media appearances here.

Nikki is creating the first line of evidence-based, symptom-specific cannabis products made from proprietary blends of terpenes and other cannabinoids. Each blend is formulated based on patient data who use cannabis to treat pain, cognitive function, anxiety, and depression. She is seeking mutually beneficial partnerships to spread awareness and pursue the creation of her product line.

Angel Cruz
Angel Cruz
Master Grower

Angel Cruz is an award-winning, multidisciplinary Master Grower of cannabis, with an eye for innovation and cannabis horticultural perfection. He has worked with a gamut of clients. Although his skill set is vast, his greatest expertise revolves around large-scale grow facility design & construction, organic cannabis cultivation, pure non-petroleum-based concentrate extraction, consulting, and the science and art of cannabis medicine. His wish is to combine his knowledge and experience in these areas in order to deliver the best opportunity for growth to his employers, clients, and their patrons. Angel has a strong reputation in the U.S. marijuana industry and is known as a pioneer in the medical marijuana industry.

Juanita Brent
State Representative

State Representative Juanita Brent is a life-long community advocate from Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Wright State University where she served as the president of Black Women Striving Forward. Following her college political activism, she continued to be involved in Democrat Party organizations and serving in multiple leadership roles. Representative Brent remains deeply engaged with her community, serving on the boards of the Harvard Community Service Center and the Lee-Harvard Community Development Center. In 2018, she was elected to her first term as State Representative to the 12th Ohio House District. Following the example of her late aunt, Representative Brent remains committed to public service and to fighting for her community.

Casey Weinstein
Casey Weinstein
Ohio House of Representatives

In Casey Weinstein’s family, public service is a way of life. He wants to raise his children to reach their maximum potential and to give them every opportunity to achieve their dreams. The US Air Force brought Casey and his wife, Amanda, to Ohio, and it was an easy choice for them to stay and make a life there.

Since being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2018, Casey has established a bipartisan record of achievement, where he has worked to increase funding for roads, bridges and for first responders and fixed the unconstitutional way schools were funded.

Casey remains a vocal advocate for the rights of all Ohians and has been at the front line in the efforts to legalize marijuana.

With over a decade of experience as a leader and top performer in the information technology industry, Casey’s business acumen and perspective is exactly what Ohio needs to attract good-paying 21st-century jobs.

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Tim Johnson
President/Founder of CSF

Tim is a retired Law Enforcement Officer and a US Air Force Veteran. Tim presents with thirty years of experience as a Safety Security Specialist and with an educational background in Criminal Law, Police Sciences, and Business Management. As a Safety and Security Specialist, Tim founded Cannabis Safety First to provide services to the Ohio Medical Cannabis Program. Tim was an instrumental participant in the creation of the Ohio Medical Cannabis and Ohio Hemp Programs. Tim continues to work with state legislators and program regulators to secure patient protection rights, address criminal justice reform, and promote amendments for the betterment of the programs. Tim’s legislative services further cover drug policy reform, criminal justice reform, law enforcement reform, and government relations. Tim stays active in the programs by providing a state-accredited safety training program, turnkey security services, business development consulting, risk management solutions, legislative input, working with licensees, and consulting with various advocacy organizations around the state. 

Tyrone Russell
Tyrone Russell
President, Cleveland School of Cannabis

Tyrone Russell is a native of Southeast San Diego, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, community advocate and an award-winning higher education professional. Tyrone graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University. Tyrone is the Chief Executive Officer of Faces International Marketing and Development, LLC and President of the Cleveland School of Cannabis, a career school for cannabis education.

Tyrone has worked for numerous colleges and universities as an Assistant Director, a Counselor, Faculty, and Program Coordinator. He serves on a regional committee dedicated to constructing high school leadership conferences, conducts team building workshops for teachers and corporate staffs, and designs and executes seminars and trainings for youth. Formerly serving as the Coordinator of Racial and Ethnic Justice with the Community Action Agency of the Lehigh Valley, and as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh University, Tyrone executes cultural realization sessions and diversity trainings throughout the region for corporations and school districts.

Tyrone’s journey has been full of tenacity and endurance. These traits have proven invaluable in his ability to assist organizations in creating strategic frameworks that increase inclusion while also enhancing tools and experiences that decrease institutional and personal biases that impact culture and day-to-day operations. He has held positions on the executive board of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, Board of directors for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, Board of directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Allentown, and co-founded R2C2 incorporated- a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development. Recipient of the 2017 African American Businessman of the Year Award presented by the African American business Council of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Huska
Alex Huska
Founder and CEO, Organic Plus Brands

Organic Plus Brands is a multifaceted company that provides a wide range of services across the hemp industry.

The Organic Plus Brands journey started in about 2016 with Alex and his belief in whole-plant medicine. Alex had been diagnosed with a critical case of Crohn’s Disease at the age of 21.

Seeing how effective it had been for himself and others, Alex brought the concept of whole-plant medicine to the CBD industry and created our brand Whole Plant™.

Our other in-house brand, Plant Puff™, was born from a desire to bring national access to high-quality & innovative products to build a culture around it as an acceptable lifestyle.

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Sincere Thompson
Frontline Marketing and Promotions, Inc.

Mr. Thompson started his record career at Wild Pitch Records, eventually rising to prominence as National Director of Promotion where he took several of the labels releases to top Billboard chart positions which led to the label securing a multi-million dollar distribution deal. 
Soon he was courted by major labels in the business and chose to work for Polygram Label Group as Sr. Director of Marketing where he assembled a team to facilitate marketing campaigns for all artist on affiliated labels Def Jam (Warren G., LL Cool J, Montell Jordan, etc.) Island Music (U2, Melissa Ethridge, Cranberries, Bob Marley), Next Plateau (Salt & Pepa, Paperboy), Gee Street (PM Dawn, Jungle Brothers, Doug E Fresh). 
He was later tapped by music legend Antonio “LA” Reid to launch the careers of Outkast, TLC and Goodie Mob (which spawned the critically acclaimed Ceelo). In 1995, Thompson was appointed VP of Marketing for Universal/Motown Records where he pioneered a new approach to building artist brands. He assembled a national sub-marketing team, aptly named “Frontline”. This team was equipped with fully wrapped mobile advertising street assault vehicles kitted with a booming sound system and external facing video monitors, a first in the industry. 
This Frontline team took theproduct to the places where fans socialized to create awareness while building an organic “buzz” at college and community radio stations. Once this team worked with the artist to establish a national following, Sincere would then put his marketing media machine in motion to catapult the artist to superstardom. He’s been instrumental inlaunching the careers of Common, Brian McKnight, Wu-Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Westside Connection, JOE and Erykah Badu to name a few.
Dubbed a marketing & promotions pioneer in the music industry, in 1996 Sincere parlayed his talent for building entertainment brands into an entrepreneurial venture founding Frontline Marketing and Promotions,Inc. 
The agency offers clients unconventional methods of positioning their products in the hearts and minds of consumers. Frontline extended its capabilities into the spirits industry and became the agency of record for the Martell Cognac and Seagram’s Gin brands for 9 years responsible for sponsorship placement and all aspects of event design and production, staff training and entertainment procurement for over 5,000 events. 
Frontline further expanded it’s lifestyle marketing prowess to other industries and brands including HBO, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble – Pantene and Cover Girl Queen Collection, Washington Redskins , Plantronics, Amazon, ADT, ASUS and Walmart. 

Arleen Crider
Arleen Crider
Founder, Indygo Therapeutics

Arleen Crider is a proud Cannabis Nurse Herbalist and expert on cannabinoid therapeutics. She is a compassionate and motivated nurse with over 13 years of hands-on experience in multiple areas of the healthcare industry. In true millennial form and a talent for quickly mastering technology, Arleen has excelled in the specialty of Nursing Informatics. She has been an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association since 2016, before being elected regional director for the organization. Arleen has written a medical curriculum for the Cleveland School of Cannabis, as well as instructs classes on the Endocannabinoid System, Patient Navigation, and Dispensary Operations to future caregivers entering the medical cannabis industry. Discussing interactions between doctors, patients, nurses, and caregivers, Arleen teaches individuals how to safely incorporate cannabis into their lifestyles.

Jack Grover
CEO, Grove Bags

Prior to cannabis, Jack worked in finance and technology. Since starting Grove Bags six years ago, Jack has become a recognized expert in curing and storing cannabis, terpene degradation, and flexible packaging. 

His inventions are used globally in every primary cannabis market and have been recognized by mainstream institutions such as the Dow Innovation Awards and High Times. 

Grover has shared his knowledge of the packaging and cultivation space as a featured speaker and panelist at cannabis events, and seminars, and as a guest of industry associations.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-grover-3a82a023/

Geo Bivins
Geo Bivins
President, Port Perry Entertainment

Consult major and small record labels. Secure national radio airplay on Hip Hop and R&B records. Provide marketing and sales support.

Geo Bivins

2007 – 2020: EVP of Urban Promotion, RCA Records

2001 – 2007 : VP of Urban Promotion, Capitol Records

1997 – 2001: VP of Promotion, Loud Records

1994 – 1997: West Coast/South East Regional Mgr, Jive Records

Education

M.S. Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. University of Pittsburgh

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Geoff Korff
CEO, Galenas

Geoff has been an advocate for patient rights in Ohio for more than a decade. As an attorney, he wrote some of the first language that was submitted to the Ohio attorney general to create a medical marijuana regulatory structure in the state. Geoff is broadly experienced and previously served as the president of a manufacturing business in Ohio. He brings a host of professional experience including operations management, quality control, sales and marketing, regulatory compliance, and product development. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Syracuse University’s College of Law.

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Scott Peters
Mortgage Manager, Civista Bank

With over 35 years in the mortgage business, I’ve found what my clients want is honest advice and an understanding of what options make the most sense.  I provide detailed analysis of current and future needs, explain tactics and tools to take full advantage of their options, and follow through to provide products and services that help them reach their financial goals.

I earned my business degree from Lakeland Community College and enjoy coaching community youth sports and playing music at Heartland Community Church.

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Allison Smith Newsome
Attorney, Taft Law

Allison focuses her practice on the representation of hospitals, physician groups, and other healthcare organizations regarding healthcare law’s regulatory, transactional, and business aspects. She assists in the sale, purchase, mergers and acquisitions, and leasing of health care assets, facilities, and services, including nursing homes, senior housing facilities, and physician practices. Allison also advises health and life sciences, clients, on startup and financing, employment law, reimbursement, hospital, and physician joint ventures, state professional and facility licensing issues, food and drug law, and various regulatory matters, including HIPAA, Stark, and Anti-Kickback issues. Additionally, Allison counsels research organizations and medical device companies and has experience in matters pertaining to telehealth, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Allison also assists banks with USD and foreign currency LIBOR remediation and closing on SBA loans for commercial lenders.

Allison received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2019 and was the commencement speaker for her graduating class. She was also honored as the 2019 Student of the Year and served her peers as a Student Bar Association Senator (three-year term) and Graduate Student Council President. Prior to law school, Allison received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Beyond her vast community involvement today, Allison serves as an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teaching Advanced Transactional Legal Writing, and as the Rocky River Magistrate for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s Diversion Program.

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Nathan Rutz
Director of Soil,

RBR/Tilth Soil

Nathan Rutz is Director of Soil at Rust Belt Riders Compost and Tilth Soil. He gets his hands dirty mixing, testing, and talking about soil. After discovering high levels of lead in his home garden on the east side of Cleveland 9 years ago, he devoted his time to learning the arts and sciences of composting and soil blending. On the quest to discover to make the best soil he can, he’s traveled across the country learning from leading scientists, composters, and growers. Nathan will talk your ear off whether it’s about nematodes, nitrogen, no-till, or net income.

Lisa Zwiner
Lisa Zwiner
Director of Education
, Cannabis Hub

Lisa Zwirner is the current Director of Education at the Cannabis Hub, powered by the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Since 2010, she has grown cannabis. In 2012, she began producing a strain of Cannabis known as Mama’s Chili Bomb, which is currently available for sale on the Canadian medical cannabis market. Lisa was one of the first moderators for the educational series on YouTube, “Hash Church”, and continues to moderate the series when aired. Lisa has also served as a Caregiver in Michigan before her current role with CSC/Cannabis Hub.

Before entering a career in cannabis education, Lisa worked in the medical field, as a phlebotomist, traveling throughout the U.S. conducting health and wellness clinics. From 1998 – to 2012 Ms. Zwirner was the co-owner and Controller of two family-owned businesses that involved the sales and fabrication of stainless-steel processing equipment.

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Lo Friesen
CEO, Heylo

Lo Friesen is the founder and CEO of Heylo, an award-winning cannabis company with a mission and family of products and brands that help anyone get more out of life.

Upon obtaining a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, Lo followed a passion for medicine to provide patient care and conduct clinical research in a renowned gastroenterology lab in Chicago, IL. She has been published in multiple white papers related to esophageal disorders. The experience inspired her to explore cannabis as medicine and to enter the emerging industry in 2015.

Lo joined Eden Labs, the leading CO2 extraction equipment manufacturer, to build a Research and Development department. Leading a team of 5 people she managed the development of Eden Labs’ newest system, the FX2 Supercritical CO2 Extractor. 

After working with two other cannabis processors, Lo obtained a cannabis processing license from Washington State and launched Heylo in 2017. She established the company with core values of education and transparency which have elevated the standard of excellence for the broader industry. 

Lo and the Heylo team are committed to education and facilitate community engagement by hosting educational events, a concert series, public tours, and American Chemical Society meetings as well as other professional meetups. Her personal mission is to enable active and engaged lifestyles with cannabis.

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Joanie Caleodis
Ohio’s First Medical Patient

My name is Joanie Caleodis and I am Ohio‘s first medical cannabis patient to purchase in Ohio. I worked for the state government for 27 years and left on
disability.  I worked for the family catering business for 45 years. In 2010 I was diagnosed with primary progressive MS and I was prescribed a cocktail of medication to deal with the symptoms of the multiple sclerosis . At the time of my diagnosis there were no FDA approved meds for my form of MS. 
In 2015 when I went on disability, and I drove to Colorado with some friends to learn about medical cannabis. When I returned, I started advocating in Ohio for patients to legally be prescribed medical cannabis to treat their medical conditions. Since our legalization I have worked with some local group on decriminalizing misdemeanor amounts of cannabis in Ohio. Cannabis has given me a life outside of the 16 pills a day that I was taking to manage my symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Linda Berry
Linda Berry
Chef

Chef Linda Berry is a classically trained professional chef and educator who specializes in teaching underserved communities how to incorporate nourishing foods into their diet. She uses her company to demystify apprehension to “healthy foods”, and trains chefs looking to educate and operate their businesses through hands-on education. Chef Berry currently facilitates classes and presentations on the use of cannabis in food, focusing on infusion applications, methods of consumption, proper dosing calculations, as well as cannabinoid, flavor, and ingredient considerations for varying populations. She also works as a chef with The High-End Affair, a traveling cannabis experience, and recently joined The Cleveland School of Cannabis as an Adjunct Culinary Instructor for their Columbus, Ohio campus.

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Bill Williams
President, BeneLeaves

Bill Williams JR is currently the President of BeneLeaves. BeneLeaves is a medical cannabis processor in Columbus, OH. BeneLeaves strives to create deep connections with Ohio patients, manufacturing high-quality, cannabis-based medical alternatives that promote health and wellness. BeneLeaves makes vape cartridges, gummies, lotions, capsules, and even gluten-free cookies.

Bill previously was the Director of National Sales for Glory Foods. From seed to shelf he was involved and helped build this national brand. He was responsible for managing the sales and marketing of Glory Foods products to all supermarket customers throughout the United States.

Prior to its sale to McCall Farms, Glory Foods doubled in size from $35M to $70M in revenue during the 2009-2011 timeframe and expanded the retail footprint by nearly 400%. 2015 sales are estimated at $95M.

Before Glory Foods, Bill held several positions with Coca-Cola New England in Needham, Massachusetts where he led his team to regain business in the inner city of Boston, an area that was historically a Pepsi dominated community.

Mr. Williams studied Economics at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Bill is also a graduate of Business Management program at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Bill is an active member of the Charity Newsies since, 2001.

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Devin Lavengood
Dart Bank

Devin has been with Dart Bank since 2006 and in community banking since 1994. Devin has held positions in retail banking, loan operations, consumer, and residential lending prior to transitioning in to commercial and agricultural lending.

Devin is a graduate of Alma College, Central Michigan’s Robert M. Perry School of Banking, where he earned the Outstanding Student Award, the Kansas and Nebraska’s School of Agricultural Lending and Advanced Agricultural Lending, and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Devin is a member and past president of the Grand Ledge Rotary. Outside of banking, Devin enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, and following the Michigan State Spartans.

Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith
Vice President of the Chicago Former Players Chapter

Reggie Smith started for three years as an offensive tackle at the University of Kansas, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources. He played the same position professionally for the NFL Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and USFL Tampa Bay Bandits
After leaving the game Reggie spent 18 years building a successful litigation support firm that he sold in 2008.
He currently works as Director of Business Development for Primus an innovative solutions provider for the Telecommunications industry specializing in infrastructure materials and currently resides in Chicago with his wife Allison, they have 3 adult children Michael, Arianna, Amber and grandsons Leland and Rockwell.
Reggie recently completed serving a second 3-year term on the 9-member National Board of Directors for the National Football League Former Players (NFLPA), a board member of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois and an Advisory board member of the Sports Legacy Institute of Boston.
In addition, Reggie is past President and current Vice President of the Chicago Former Players Chapter of the NFLPA and is an officer with the RPFPC Charity, an organization dedicated to providing our communities’ youth a promising future.

Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, education, and outreach as it relates to the social, medical, business, and public policy aspects of the cannabis industry. M4MM is a membership based organization working hard to make sure people of color have a true quantifiable opportunity to participate in this marketplace and are afforded adequate access to care despite their economic situation. M4MM currently has presence in 15 states throughout the country.

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Nicole Perr
Dart Bank

Nicole has been with Dart Bank since 2016 as the Office Manager and most recently VP/Senior Treasury Management Officer. She brings with her 20 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Dart Bank, she worked for various financial institutions holding many different roles, specializing in business banking.

Nicole is an alumna of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce’s Lansing Leadership 2018 class and is part of the Perry School of Banking class of 2020. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from Davenport University and attended Central Michigan University for her Master of Science degree. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys attending Michigan State University football and basketball games and spending time with her family and friends at the lake.

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Shurri (Five) Sankofa
Traditional Indigenous Midwife

Five, is a full circle Traditional Indigenous Midwife residing in the Cleveland, Ohio area. As a holistic birth professional Five focuses on the whole experience of birth from preconception guidance to postpartum support up to and beyond one year. 

She has experience with hospital birth/homebirths, natural and belly births, additionally placenta ceremonies.

Five is also a  Board Certified Naturopath, utilizing herbs as a way to bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit. Working closely with more traditional herbs and healing aspects that aid in the rites of passage of birth and life. You can find Five teaching at the Cleveland School of Cannabis and The Harrington Institute, helping to educate the community on the many beneficial uses and applications of Cannabis. She has a special focus on Cannabis and pregnancy, leading her to author Bumps and Blunts. 

“Birth is an intimate and sacred experience for every woman, I am honored to be guided by my ancestors to guide a woman through the process with her family.

My work as a Traditional Indigenous Midwife improves infant and maternal health by using the spirit of Sankofa to bring health practices back to us. Working with indigenous plant medicine to create optimal health environments for mom and baby is essential to work. Utilizing the tools and practices of our ancestors increases our mental strength to empower us on the journey to motherhood

Five also enjoys time cultivating her family of 8 children, one grandchild, a farm, many animals, and her personal growth as a being in this vast world.

Hope Seavers
Hope Seavers
Health Plus Natural Foods

Hope Seavers is the manager of Health Plus Natural Foods in Sandusky Ohio. In her current role, Hope builds positive, lasting relationships with the patients she serves and the surrounding community by educating patients and caregivers on product types, uses, and dosage to ensure maximum benefit for each unique condition. She works with local assisted living programs and administrative medical teams to address barriers, such as funding and transportation, and hopes to make medical marijuana easily accessible for everyone. In addition, Hope holds a master’s degree in professional counseling and owns Phenomenal Phoenix, a personal coaching company focused on motivation, healing, and holistic practices.

Gabrielle Dion
Gabrielle Dion
Medicate OH, Founder

Medicate OH’s Founder and Publisher is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Northern Kentucky University. She has more than 25 years of experience writing and editing professionally for the medical and wellness industries, including positions with The Journal of Pediatrics, Livestrong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and Patient Pop. Her story of overcoming opioid addiction with cannabis led to her co-founding MedicateOH in 2019. The non-profit publication currently reaches more than 10,000 Ohioans with education, journalism, and advocacy.

PAST OCHBS SPEAKERS

Jared Mirsky
Wick & Mortar

Since 2009 Jared Mirsky and his award-winning cannabis-focused branding and marketing agency, Wick & Mortar, have been featured in dozens of magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, National Geographic, Wired, Cheddar, Huff Post, and CNN Money. 2018 was the most explosive growth year yet, and Wick & Mortar continues to rack up awards and honors such as Top 40 under 40 in Marijuana Venture Magazine, 2x Dope Industry Award Winners, and most recently ranked #193 by Entrepreneur 360. Not content with simply winning awards, Jared continues to shape an industry and is now a regular contributor to Forbes, High Times, Entrepreneur, and The Fresh Toast. Despite the successes, for Jared, the greatest achievement in his life is his son. Rebranding Cannabis is his mission, and he aims to accomplish this by helping to educate the industry on the power of successful branding in the cannabis space and the impact it has on the world.

Joshua Crossney
CSC Events, LLC

Joshua Crossney is the CEO & Founder of CSC Events, LLC., which hosts the world’s largest, semi-annual Cannabis Science Conference (www.CannabisScienceConference.com). Joshua Crossney is also the President & Founder of jCanna, Inc., (www.jCanna.com) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of cannabis science, analytical testing, and personalized (precision) medicine.

Joshua is an Advisory Board member of CannaKids, a California Cooperative that supplies mold, pesticide, and solvent-free Honey Gold cannabis oil to children and adults who are suffering from cancer, autism, epilepsy, PTSD, Crohn’s disease, severe pain disorders, and so much more. Joshua has a motto of collaboration, not competition in this emerging medical industry where so much still needs to be accomplished. He is doing his best to bridge the gap between analytical sciences and the medical cannabis industry to help improve the quality of medicinal cannabis products being used by patients.

Joshua recently received the Vanguard Award at the 2019 Strides in Science Awards Gala for his global advocacy in advancing cannabis science, was named as one of the “Top 25 Innovators in 2020” by Cannabis & Tech Today, was featured in Marijuana Venture’s “40 Under 40: Rising Stars in the Cannabis Industry” issue, was recognized two years in a row at the Cannabis Business Awards as 2016 & 2017 MVP of the Year and was the featured cover story for 1000 Watts Magazine’s 2017 4/20 issue. Joshua has also been featured in Forbes, Huff Post, CTV News, and many other leading media outlets. Joshua is an internationally recognized public speaker in the cannabis industry. Some of his recent international speaking engagements include Colombia, Israel, and Canada.

Jazmyn Stover
Partner Fisher Phillips

Jazmyn Stover is a partner at the Fisher Phillips law firm’s Cleveland office. She advises clients on critical workplace issues that develop at the intersection of business and employment law. She routinely advises public and private employers on a variety of employment issues, related to the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, employment discrimination, protecting trade secrets and confidential corporate information, and the drafting and enforcement of non-compete/non-disclosure agreements. She also has experience representing employers in mergers, acquisitions, plant closures and relocations, and reductions in force. Jazmyn has represented employers in Ohio state and federal courts as well as regulatory agencies. Jazmyn has dedicated much of her practice to representing employers in the health care, hospitality, real estate, retail, and service industries.

Andrea Sparr-Jaswa
GIE Media, Inc.

Andrea Sparr-Jaswa is the science editor for the Cannabis Group at GIE Media, Inc., whose publications include the award-winning Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, and the newest addition to the group, Hemp Grower. Prior to joining the GIE team in August 2019, she headed up education efforts at the renowned science-focused dispensary Farma in Portland, Oregon. As the Director of Education, she helped to build out in-depth educational content that trained new employees on endocannabinology and cannabis science and curated weekly staff educational sessions with local researchers, cultivators, and processors. Her role at Farma also included community outreach development, one-on-one consultations, and phytochemical data review to improve consumer experiences and consumption predictability through the navigation of compound variables. Her time in Oregon working with some of the cannabis industry’s top educators and researchers instilled a deep appreciation for developing a language of trust and transparency through science to improve consumer engagement and outcomes which she has carried over into her science-focused work at GIE Media. With the return to her Midwestern roots, Sparr-Jaswa is passionate about sharing all that she learned during her time at Farma and committed to standardizing cannabis education across communities.

Brittany Brantley
Associate Fisher Phillips

Brittany Brantley is an associate at Fisher Phillips law firm. She represents employers in various labor and employment legal matters, including representing employers in a wide variety of employment litigation in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. Before joining Fisher Phillips, Brittany worked as an associate at a law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Cachat, PhD
Chief Executive Officer – CCV Research

Dr. Jonathan Cachat, PhD has a doctorate degree in Neuroscience, focusing on Psychopharmacology (drugs, brain behavior). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 2 books on the use of adult zebrafish in behavioral pharmacology research. Cannabis Now journalist Jimi Devine referred to Dr. Cachat as “One of the brightest minds in cannabis…”.

Dr. Dvora Nelson
Lakewood Medical Clinic

Dr. Dvora Nelson is a Board-Certified General Surgeon with specialty certification in Phlebology. Dr. Nelson has been published in medical journals, has been an invited lecturer at medical conferences, and was a featured physician on Lifetime Cable network’s series “Women Docs”. Dr. Nelson’s background in medical marijuana comes after completing coursework on Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine offered by The Medical Cannabis Institute. She completed a fellowship with the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. Dr. Nelson is proficient in the history of cannabis as medicine, the endocannabinoid system, basic cannabis ethnobotany, the pharmacology of cannabis and the physiological effects of phytocannabinoids, the delivery, and dosage of medical cannabis, and clinical case study reviews. She is also the co-owner of Lakewood Medical Clinic, a successful medical cannabis recommendation facility.

Joel Holt
Dev Cann

Joel is DevCann’s Vice-President & Legal Director. Joel has broad experience in business planning, corporate governance, litigation, & employment law.  Joel has operated side-by-side with Jim in establishing DevCann’s network & in developing the Greece project.  He has worked closely with DevCann’s strategic partners in Greece on the legal elements of licensure, including land acquisition, corporate structure, & the specifics of the application. Joel is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), with an extensive knowledge of U.S. cybersecurity laws.  Joel is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

John Izzo
Graff & McGovern, LPA

John Izzo received his JD from The University of Akron School of Law and a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois.  John is one of eight specialists in administrative agency law as certified by the Ohio State Bar Association.  He concentrates his practice in administrative law, medical cannabis law, and equine law. He has represented clients before many state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Commerce, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the State Medical Board of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Insurance, and the Ohio State Racing Commission.  John is also a hearing examiner for several state agencies.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and several of its committees, including the Administrative Law Committee and Gaming and Liquor Law Committee.  For more information about John, go to www.GraffMcGovern.com/john-izzo.

James Ickes
Dev Cann

Jim is DevCann’s President and Director of Global Development.  He is focused on developing personal relationships within the cannabis industry.  Jim air-dropped into Greece in 2017 and quickly earned a good reputation and the ear of the Greek government. Jim has met with Greece’s Minister of Agriculture and the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, and at the request of the Greek government, Jim & Joel provided a recommended legal framework for Greece’s medical cannabis law.  Several of DevCann’s recommendations are included in Greece’s current law.  At home, Jim has established himself as a presence in the Ohio cannabis industry.  He has established an extensive and connected network of politicians, industry insiders, and license holders.  Jim is a Healthcare Information Security & Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) with extensive experience in HIPAA compliance.

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